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BREAKING: Tottenham sack Nuno Espirito Santo as Antonio Conte Arrives in London For Tottenham Job

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Booed and heckled by Tottenham supporters, Nuno Espirito Santo was fired on Monday following his fifth loss in 10 Premier League matches in charge of the club.

Now Tottenham has turned again to trying to hire Antonio Conte, one of the coaches it sought to recruit in a chaotic off-season process that ended up with Nuno being far from the first choice for the job.

Nuno’s dismissal, after only four months in the job, followed a 3-0 home loss to Manchester United on Saturday when his decisions were jeered and fans chanted “You don’t know what you’re doing” at the Portuguese coach.

In an increasingly volatile atmosphere, supporters also shouted “We want Levy out” at chairman Daniel Levy, who has now decided change is required again after firing Jose Mourinho in April.

The club said Nuno and his coaching staff had been “relieved of their duties” and that an update on the coaching “will follow in due course,” with no successor announced.

If a deal can be struck with Conte, it would mark a return to London after leaving Chelsea in 2018. Conte won the Premier League and FA Cup during two years in charge of the west London club and he departed financially-challenged Inter Milan after winning the Serie A title in May.

The Italian has the track record of winning major trophies that Nuno was lacking. He leaves with Tottenham in eighth place in the Premier League, 10 points behind leader Chelsea and five points behind fourth-placed West Ham in the pursuit of a Champions League place.

“I know how much Nuno and his coaching staff wanted to succeed and I regret that we have had to take this decision,” Tottenham managing director Fabio Paratici said. “Nuno is a true gentleman and will always be welcome here. We should like to thank him and his coaching staff and wish them well for the future.”

There was a prolonged 72-day search for Mourinho’s successor, via a spell with academy coach Ryan Mason as interim manager. Tottenham tried to re-hire Mauricio Pochettino and pursued Paulo Fonseca, Gennaro Gattuso and Conte before handing a two-year contract to Nuno.

The former Wolverhampton manager immediately had to grapple with the uncertainty over the future of Harry Kane, who was denied a move to Manchester City and has looked a shadow of the striker who was top scorer in the Premier League last season. Kane’s one goal in nine Premier League games and the failure to get a shot on target against United is reflective of Tottenham’s malaise.

That lack of attacking output has not been limited to Kane, with Tottenham scoring only nine goals in the 10 league games. Only winless Norwich has scored fewer goals and Tottenham matches the last-place club for the fewest total shots with 103.

While Son Heung-min has four goals, there’s just one league goal and an assist between attackers Lucas Moura, Steven Bergwijn, Dele Alli and off-season signing Bryan Gil.

Nuno only managed the club for 17 games in all competitions.

While he was voted Premier League manager of the month after winning the first three games of the season in August _ starting against champion Manchester City _ Tottenham has won only two of the seven games since then.

There has been progress in the League Cup to the quarterfinals but in the Europa Conference League Tottenham has won only one of three games.

The north London club qualified for Europe’s new third-tier competition after finishing seventh in the Premier League, a far cry from the four consecutive top-four Champions League finishes from 2016-2019 under Pochettino.

The Argentine even reached the Champions League final in 2019 despite being unable to make any signings that season, missing out on the title to Liverpool. A poor start to the following season led to him being fired in November 2019 and he is now top of the French league with Paris Saint-Germain.

Tottenham is still struggling to reach the standards set by Pochettino, and reproduce the high-tempo attacking football to attract fans into its two-year-old stadium which increased the club’s debt to 604.6 million pounds ($828 million) in its most recent financial report.

Tottenham hasn’t won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup and last won the league championship in 1961.

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Nuno sacked by Spurs, as it happened:

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his say

“Of course (I have sympathy with Nuno),” Solskjaer said of the Portuguese’s departure.

“It’s never nice to see men, good men, lose their jobs. He’s been working hard.

“I don’t know what the situation has been or is at Tottenham so I can’t comment too much, but as a colleague you’re never happy when that happens – you try to get in touch with him and tell him your feelings.”Things are moving quickly for Conte and Spurs

Antonio Conte’s Premier League record with Chelsea is impressive

  • Premier League titles: 1
  • Matches: 76
  • Wins: 51
  • Draws: 10
  • Losses: 15
  • Goals for: 147
  • Goals against: 71

What does the Conte news mean for Manchester United?

Antonio Conte was considered the leading candidate to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, if he was to be let go. By defeating Spurs at the weekend, Solskjaer has reaffirmed his position at Old Trafford while forcing Tottenham’s hand into making a move for his potential successor.

It has been a good few days for Solskjaer…

How could Spurs line up under Conte?

Their squad looks to suit some version of a back three system, be it 3-4-3 or 3-5-2. There is no outstanding centre-back partnership. Emerson Royal, Matt Doherty and Sergio Reguilon are all stronger offensively than defensively. It helps to hide Spurs’ lack of central midfield quality and Harry Kane and Heung-min Son can play as a strike partnership. It looks good on paper at least.

Former Spurs defender Ramon Vega speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live

The Harry Kane scenario, this is exactly the reason why we are here now today. There’s no doubt the dressing room went apart and there was unhappiness and I think that when the players don’t click together or are not playing as a team you will see that on the pitch.

From my point of view the Kane saga was a disaster for the club. But there is a responsibility as a player – how he actually acted at that time he didn’t act professionally. At the same time you have to play him now, there’s not even a question mark.

BREAKING NEWS: Conte flying to London

Tottenham fans can start getting excited as our man in the know, Matt Law, confirms Conte is heading to England…

Conte is expected to arrive in London today to discuss and finalise Tottenham’s offer to succeed Nuno as the club’s new head coach.

Tottenham hope to be in a position to announce Conte as the club’s latest head coach as soon as Tuesday after making a formal offer to the Italian

With talks already at an advanced stage, Conte is due to arrive for a face-to-face meeting with chairman Daniel Levy and managing director of football Fabio Paratici.

Tottenham hope the meeting will be enough to clinch an agreement with Conte, who had turned down one previous offer from the club in June.

The fact Conte is prepared to travel to England would suggest he is ready to return to management and the Premier League, where he won the title with Chelsea.

Boring, boring Nuno – the damning stats

Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked in part because he committed one of modern football’s cardinal sins: boring his club’s supporters, writes Dan Zeqiri.

A manager can survive fans’ bemusement, frustration and even anger, but increasingly it is apathy that signals the end.

Some may accuse Tottenham fans of entitlement, but the numbers show they have a case. Only relegation near-certainties Norwich City scored fewer goals per game, and Spurs also have the dishonour of matching Norwich’s 10.3 shots on goal per game. No team has averaged fewer so far this season.

‘Conte offered 18-month contract’

The Conte-to-Spurs line has just reportedlytaken a giant leap forward with Sky Sports now claiming Spurs have offered the Italian an 18-month deal

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